June 29, 2016

Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (Alumni TIES)

The State Department is pleased to offer an exciting new initiative for its International Exchange Alumni community: Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (TIES). Alumni TIES are regionally-focused seminars which provide alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs with opportunities to learn about key regional issues, receive training, and collaborate with fellow alumni to implement community projects in their home communities upon their return. The Alumni TIES initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented in partnership with World Learning


Through Alumni TIES, participants will: 
  • Establish a group identity that will enable them to identify and form linkages with partners for ongoing regional networking and action. 
  • Increase their knowledge of U.S. policies and practices in regard to the thematic focus of the seminar and apply this knowledge within the context of their own region. 
  • Develop and implement action plans at the local level that evolve into community engagement projects through the alumni small grants program. 


Participants will vary in age and level of expertise, but all will be alumni of approved U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs and be interested in the seminar topic.  All participants will also be highly motivated to create positive change in their communities. 
Participant Selection 
  • International Alumni TIES: Participants of overseas Alumni TIES are nominated by the regional U.S. Embassies.  Final selection is conducted by the State Department’s Office of Alumni Affairs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • U.S. Alumni TIES: U.S. citizen alumni interested in the Alumni TIES domestic seminar will apply through an online competitive application process.  

Program Design 

Alumni TIES will be three-four days in duration and will take place in six world regions and the United States.  The seminars will address a theme of regional importance and include expert speakers, panels, trainings on project management, site visits, and alumni networking activities. 


International Seminars

  • Alumni in Action for Resilient Communities: Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (February 2018)
  • Preparing for a 21st Century Economy – Casablanca, Morocco (July 2017) 
  • Preparing for a 21st Century Economy – Casablanca, Morocco (July 2017) 
  • Access to Energy for All – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (April 2017)
  • Strengthening the Business Climate for Women Entrepreneurs in South and Central Asia – Kathmandu, Nepal (December 2016)
  • Community Organizing and Program Management – Bangkok, Thailand (July 2016)
  • Strengthening Democratic Institutions – Nairobi, Kenya (April 2016)
  • Refugee and Migration Issues – Zagreb, Croatia (February 2016)

U.S. Seminars

  • Building Communities of Hope: Collective Action to Tackle Addiction - Cleveland, Ohio (April 2018)
  • Illicit Networks: Preventing and Combating Trafficking - Washington, DC (September 2017)
  • Building Resilient Communities: Religious and Ethnic Diversity – Philadelphia, PA (July 2017)
  • Education for All: Inclusion and Access as Pathways to Peace – Portland, OR (May 2017)
  • Education for All: Inclusion and Access as Pathways to Peace – Portland, OR (May 2017)
  • New Frontiers of Global Public Health – Atlanta, GA (February 2017)
  • Climate Change, Global Affairs, and the Digital Age - Santa Clara, CA (September 2016)